Unconventional 1967 Ford Mustang Restomod at Auction
Custom Heller Ford Mustang build melds old and new school, and leaves quite an impression from all ends of the spectrum.
When it comes to restomods, there are some Ford Mustang purists that have a very particular set of standards. We love the classic Ford Mustang Fastback, but realize that some upgrades do add a little extra to the driving experience.
However, we’ve all seen those cringe-worthy modifications go too far, are executed poorly, or try to re-create the vintage pony car in way that just feels inauthentic. So, when we saw this very unique custom build, we were left a little perplexed. It’s certainly not bad, it’s just…not quite the Ford Mustang we love.
The 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is being auctioned at the Barrett Jackson Third Annual Northeast Auction. Now, we should back up a second. This isn’t truly a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. Looking closely, you might notice this isn’t exactly a 1967 Mustang, but rather a S197, fifth-generation 2005 Ford Mustang. Wait, what?
Ok, so here’s the story. The one-of-a-kind Heller Ford build took more than 3,000 engineer hours to create. The build included an intermix of a new 2005 Mustang GT with a 1967 Mustang GT. According to the posting this was accomplished by “grafting the 1967 body panels onto a 2005 frame. The resulting restomod has an all-metal body, except for the carbon-fiber hood. The 1967 body had to be widened by 8 inches to fit a 2005 frame.”
Other specs on the car include Hot Hughes Cosmic Dust paint color, which was definitely a nice choice. The interior features six-way driver’s seat, front and side airbags, power windows, steering, brakes, and locks. There is tilt sterring, cruise control, and air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo.
There is some serious power under the hood in a Saleen Supercharged 4.6-liter V8 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The work was clearly done beautifully, but it still isn’t what comes to mind when we think 1967 Mustang Fastback. It might be a great turbocharged option for someone who loves classic cars, but prefers newer technology. It will be interesting to see how this performs at auction.
What do you think of this restomod? Is it Mustang blasphemy or a touch of brilliance?